Presumed Guilty exposes shocking, never-before-revealed, exclusive information from the trial of the century and the verdict that shocked the nation.
When Caylee Anthony was reported missing in Orlando, Florida, in July 2008, the public spent the next three years following the investigation and the eventual trial of her mother, Casey Anthony. On July 5, 2011, the case that captured headlines worldwide exploded when, against all odds, defense attorney Jose Baez delivered one of the biggest legal upsets in American history: a not-guilty verdict.
In this tell-all, Baez shares secrets the defense knew but has not disclosed to anyone until now, and frankly reveals his experiences throughout the entire case - discovering the evidence, meeting Casey Anthony for the first time, being with George and Cindy Anthony day after day, leading defense strategy meetings, and spending weeks in the judge’s chambers.
Presumed Guilty shows how Baez, a struggling, high school dropout, became one of the nation’s most high-profile defense attorneys through his tireless efforts to seek justice for one of the country’s most vilified murder suspects.
©2012 Jose Baez (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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"Blah, blah, blah"
This author wants things both ways. One example, Casey pretended to go to work for two years taking Caylee to a pretend nanny keeping Caylee safe from possible molestation by Caylee's grandfather. Yet on the day Caylee was murdered Casey was on the computer leaving Caylee to be looked after by her (possible molesting) grandfather?!? Huh? So many incidents like this in the novel, frustrating to listen to these and the constant conspiracy theories. More to this story but this novel is much too biased. Would not recommend this one.
"Great review of evidence (or lack of)"
I loved this book and have read many on this topic. Definitely recommend whether you feel Casey is guilty or innocent.
"Baez is a very good writer"
Absolutely. He really presents the information well. It's a quick read and tough to put down.
The major strength of this book: it fills in all the gaps. You hear basically the rest of the story that you didn't hear in the media or in Ashton's book. There were very good reasons why Casey was acquitted, but the media is really only interested in telling one side of it. Baez does a great job in filling in the rest of it.
I don't have a favorite "character", but my favorite part of the book is where he describes his questioning of witnesses regarding the chloroform evidence.
If you didn't see the trial, you likely missed this. It was a pretty pivotal part of the case and Baez fills in the details. Basically, the majority of the media reported that the defense's contention was that Cindy did the chloroform searches. That's not what happened. She testified to it, but the defense wasn't actually contending that that's what happened. Casey did the (one) search. They said it flat out in closing arguments. Getting Cindy to testify to that was a trick by the defense to get the prosecution to impeach their own witness. They couldn't do it themselves because it would come across badly to the jury, so they compelled her to lie so the prosecution would do it on their own. It also got the prosecution to talk at length about the 84 chloroform searches. This was another thing the media didn't report on: There were no 84 chloroform searches. It was fraudulent evidence--and the prosecution knew it was fraudulent. The defense thoroughly proved that the prosecution knowingly put on false evidence and it made the jury lose trust in them.
These are the things that are covered in this book, but conspicuously lacking in other reports of the case.
Absolutely. It's an easy read and I really liked the synthesis.
I'm not convinced that Baez's version of events is 100% accurate either (the evidence points to something in the afternoon between 2:20 and 2:50 instead of the morning, as he contends), but his description of the case seems to be much closer to reality than Ashton's. Reading Imperfect Justice, Ashton seems to have no earthly clue as to why she was acquitted (and there were some very obvious reasons), while Baez seems to really understand the strengths and limitations of the evidence against her and gives a good depiction of the trial.
"Baez or bias?"
Yes, I would have had a hard time reading it over listening.
When a man found the alleged corpse months before it was formally acknowledged.
I don't have a favorite scene, I think Jose did a great job of showing his side of the case. I suppose this is why he was hired;)
That Casey's parents were hiding something and to ths day I wonder why they were not more scrutinized.
Justice is not for the faint of heart, I am glad I have not had to play God in any such trial.
"Provides a different outlook."
I didn't read the printed version, but the performance was excellent.
I didn't have one
Her attorney, who wrote the book, brought out some incidents that sounded believable. You got a better understanding why the jurors found her not guilty.
"Ego Before Justice"
Having just read 'Imperfect Justice' by one of the prosecuting team, Jeff Ashton, I just HAD to read something from the defense team. Have to say that this was so interesting. I think that in order to enjoy the content you have to try not to have a stroke in the process at the total injustice and try to listen how on earth a young woman literally got away with murder.
This book is filled with a lot of passive aggressive statements as it is more than obvious that the author has a huge inferiority complex and a badly hidden agenda. He had something to prove and THAT was why he put everything on the line in order to win. I do not think that even for one minute that he believed that his client was innocent.
Even with this in mind I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A really interesting read.
"Excellent, well written book."
I read the prosecutor's side of the story before reading this book, it's only fair that one hears both sides before making an educated assumption. I also watched the trial live when it was happening, and didn't think she was the monster the media tried to portrait. Sure she was guilty of something, but of what.
I'd recommend this book to everyone even if you are convinced she killed her daughter.
The details in this book of things we didn't hear or see will pose the question of "what if" even if you are convinced of her guilt.
"Unique perspective of Casey Anthony Case"
Prior to listening to this audiobook, I had my opinions about the Casey Anthony trial and believed them strongly. This book provides a unique perspective of the case and trial of Casey Anthony. Although biasly written by her lawyer, it provides a behind-the-scenes perspective that I feel helps to balance the public perception and more insight into how/why the jury could find her innocent. Very good read for fans of true crime, court battles, and the Casey Anthony Trial.
"Really touched by the story."
What a courageous. How sad that she ended up being a victim. Bless those that helped her and hopefully she's doing well. I see Caylee as being the best thing that has ever happened to Casey's. The only good thing in her life. I believe there was no way she would of ever hurt her angel. That was the only real true love in her life. Being a young mother with a difficult childhood my children are the best thing that ever happened to me. I feel for Casey losing her childhood and the loss of Casey's precious daughter.
Why do so many people say she killed her daughter? She absolutely did not and she was found not guilty!
brilliantly read and gave me a new found respect for defense lawyers.I highly recommend this audiobook as it was well worth the money and time
having listened to the prosecutions case first this blows it out of the water A+
"interesting when compared with Jeff Ashton s book."
having first listened to imperfect justice I decided I wanted to at least hear the other side of the story. interesting they discuss many of the same events and incidents but from opposing sides.
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